Tour Managers Swap Road Stories

A new article in Billboard features the tour managers from the Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac talking about what it’s really like on the road.

Behind every music tour — from Beyonce’s Vegas-styled extravaganzas to Phish’s weed-and-‘shroom-fueled odysseys — is an unsung individual who’s equal parts field marshal, political fixer, armchair psychoanalyst and bag man. The tour manager on a major artist’s outing is often responsible for shepherding more than 100 musicians, gaffers, carpenters, lighting technicians and accountants on voyages that span the globe and entire seasons. At the same time, they have to anticipate hundreds of demands from not-always-appreciative employers while keeping the entourage happy, safe and out of trouble.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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